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5:30 pm >> pelley: tonight blocking the mega merger. the government says passengers would suffer under the world's biggest airline. sharyl attkisson has the story. part of the president's health care law will be delayed. wyatt andrews finds that consumers may pay more. there's new information about that sink hole that followed a florida resort. manuel bojorquez is there. in a rare interview charlie rose asks internet tycoon larry ellison just who is collecting our private information. >> let me tell you who is collecting it. >> pelley: and terrell brown with 16 garage workers who won the lottery. how did they feel? >> we're very happy, happy, happy. some of my friends would say.
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captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. tion is >> pelley: good evening. the obama administration is putting a ground stop on a deal that would form the largest airline in the world. the justice department filed an antitrust suit today to try to block the merger of american airlines and u.s. airways. saying that it would hurt consumers. as evidence, the government cites internal memos in which executives of the two airlines say that previous mergers have allowed the industry to raise fees and fares. publicly, those airlines claim that the deal would be good for travelers. so unless the two sides can settle their differences the merger is flying into court. here is transportation correspondent sharyl attkisson. >> reporter: it's the first time in 14 years that the federal government has filed a lawsuit .o block an airline merger. u.s. airways and american announced plans to combine in february. daryl jenkins is an airline
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industry analyst. do you think u.s. airways and ayerican were caught by surprise by this? >> everybody was caught by surprise on this. >> the federal government is worried about the impact on comsumers. it cites examples like a one stop round trip flight from new york to houston. the american airlines fare come ups as $1,467. ar its merger partner it costs stst $575. if the two airlines become one, the lower fare would d lo u.s. airways and americans only have 12 nonstop routes in which they overlap but a government accountability office report says 1,665 routes they serve heyld ultimately be affected by less competition and higher ighes. in a statement, the justice department said we simply cannot cprove a merger that would result in u.s. consumers paying higher fares, higher fees, and receiving less service. the airlines have announced lhey'll fight the lawsuit and
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jenkins, who consults for the airline industry, thinks they'll win. >> i assume they're going to win. they'll win very soon. so i expect this merger to close by the end of the year. >> will they win without making concessions? >> no, they will have to make some concessions. >> reporter: both airlines say the government is wrong, that me merger will help passengers not hurt them. they promise, scott, a vigorous legal defense. le >> pelley: sharyl you're at ronald reagan national airport outside washington. just, for example, what kind of impact would the merger have there? >> reporter: scott, 69% of the flights here that come in and out are either u.s. airways or icerican airlines. they'll probably have to give up some of that monopoly to make concessions to the government and open room for the competition. by the way, this is congress' main airport. of course, they're always keenly y'terested in what happens at their airports. >> pelley: sharyl attkisson, thank you, sharyl. something that has been buried on the labor department's website since february has suddenly come to light.
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it could affect a lot of americans. it is a notice that says the obama administration is delaying another part of the health care reform law. the part that will limit the amount of money people have to po out of their own pockets for health care. we asked wyatt andrews to look into this. >> do you... reporter: doctor patricia rodriguez of georgetown university is worried what the ruling will do to her cancer patients next year, the patients who need drugs that can cost tens of thousands of dollars even for patients with insurance. >> it's amazing how much those drugs cost. >> reporter: here's why she's concerned. next year under the health reform law, patients with employer-sponsored insurance were supposed to have all out of pocket medical costs capped at a maximum of $6,350. but now for millions of americans, the administration for one year only is allowing a second cap of $6,350 for pharmacy benefits. the ruling exposes some patients
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to a total of $12,700 in payment plus premiums. the one year allowance benefits large employers and insurance companies and seems to side step a clear promise from president obama. when the president was fighting for the health care law in 2009, caps on what patients would pay was a major selling point. >> insurance companies will have to abide by a yearly cap on how much you can be charged for your out of pocket expenses. no one in america should go broke because of an illness. ( applause ) >> reporter: the white house defended its decision pointing out that next year's out of pocket pharmacy costs, even at $6,350, is still a good deal for patients. right now there are no protections on drug costs, a spokesman told cbs news. this $6,350 cap is still a massive protection for consumers. the administration relaxed these out of pocket caps after large corporate employers asked for more time to comply with the law. the administration hassles
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exempted large employers from the mandate to cover all its workers. scott, advocates for patients eee a pattern where the white house is now listening more to business than to patients in the drive to put this law in place. >> pelley: wyatt, thanks. this is just the latest in a series of delays in putting the health care law into effect. earlier the administration delayed medicare cuts until after the 2012 election. it delayed until 2015 the employer mandate which will require employers with 50 or more workers to offer health care. and it delayed the requirement that people prove that they are eligible for insurance subsidies, also until 2015. parents in california have a lot of questions tonight about a new law that allows school children who identify themselves as transgender to use rest rooms and join sports teams according to whichever gender they choose. a student only has to say that he or she is more comfortable as a member of the opposite sex.
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we asked john blackstone to look into this. 18 reporter: logan handerson, 18 years old, just graduated from santa monica high school. he was born female. did you start as logan? >> it is a unisex name. i was born with that name. i don't have to change my name at all which i'm really happy about. save some money. >> reporter: he started taking male hormones and began living as a male when he entered high school. but it wasn't easy. >> i just never used the bathrooms during school >> reporter: you went all day without using the bathrooms. you didn't feel comfortable going to the boys bathroom or the girls bathroom? >> no i wasn't sure i would be safe so i didn't do it. >> reporter: the new legislation is creating worries that others won't feel safe. >> this legislation is so extreme and unbalanced in that here you have girls in the locker room doing their showers and yet you also have a boy that could come in there, undress be meked at the same time. >> reporter: brad dacus is founder of the pacific justice institute, a conservative legal foundation. >> this allows a large male to
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play on the girls wrestling team. now this is a high-touch, high- impact sport. this is going to cause many girls to feel violated when you have wrestling, a male wrestling a female. >> reporter: lawsuits are expected before the law takes effect january 1. supporters say school systems in los angeles and san francisco have been operating under similar rules for years with no problems. and that transgender students need this help. not something you would choose. >> no. no one would choose this life. >> reporter: but you're stuck with it. >> yeah. >> reporter: you're making the best of it. >> i've been very fortunate. >> reporter: the number of transgender students is small but it's not insignificant. in the san francisco school district there are some 55,000 students. of those, scott, about 350 identify themselves as transgender. >> pelley: john blackstone, in our san francisco newsroom. thanks, john. a wild fire is raging tonight east of boise idaho near the tiny town of pine. it was sparked by lightning and
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has burned through 157 square miles of brush. helicopters are dumping water on it. hot shot firefighting crews hope to keep it away from the town by setting backfires but the fire is not expected to be fully extinguished until idaho's autumn snow begins to fall. in florida, a time-share resort where a sink hole swallowed part of a building reopened today. this latest collapse is just a few miles from disney world and a part... in a part of florida where sink holes seem to be opening up all the time. manuel bojorquez gives us a closer look. >> the sink hole here is no longer growing. this video taken early monday shows how a third of the building collapsed into a hole two stories deep. recent sink hole incidents, including this one in tampa, that swallowed a man as he slept, have increased a sense of urgency in florida to give residents more warning. clint kromhout is with the florida geological survey.
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>> the state is becoming more populous. moving into areas that were previously uninhabited >> reporter: sink holes are common across central florida. the ban across a dozen counties is called sink hole alley. the region sits atop a porous layer of lime stone which seeping water can erode. the thin bridge of soil and clay that remains can eventually collapse. the state, with a grant from fema, will study geographical data in hopes of pinpointing weak spots. >> what we're hoping to do is create a map of the relative vulnerability to sink hole formation which then the florida division of emergency management can use as a tool to create strategy to mitigate the loss of property and life within the state. >> reporter: geologist scott purcifull says finding threats could be easier than predicting when the ground will give way. >> the cavities themselves form over thousands to millions of years. very suddenly that material can collapse into that cavity. >> reporter: but you have no idea it might happen. >> that's true.
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>> reporter: florida does not require builders to check for sink holes. scott, the president of this resort said when the community was built 15 years ago, testing showed no signs the ground was weakening. >> pelley: manuel, thank you. well, thousands remain in the streets of cairo tonight in an unending protest against the military coups that toppled egypt's first elected president. the supporters of deposed president mohammed morsi are in running battles with military and police. dozens have been killed and at least one other was killed today. police have threatened to force the demonstrators to clear out, tht there is no sign of that yet. the civil war in syria appears headed for the worst case scenario that the u.s. has feared. after more than two years of war and more than 100,000 dead, syria has become a lawless state. just the kind of place that al qaeda likes. margaret brennan, our state
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department correspondent, is with us tonight. margaret, what's this mean? >> reporter: well scott, al qaeda has established a new base inside of syria. according to u.s. intelligence and plans to use that country as a launch pad to expand attacks through the region. the black flag on top of these tanks has become increasingly more visible in syria. it's flown by al qaeda-linked fighters who are members of a group called the islamic state of iraq and al sham, also known as isis. the group's founder abu bakr is also known as abu dua. he is fighting alongside rebels who hope to topple president bashir al assad. the goal is to establish an islamic state. his followers have recently started to attack the moderate rebels who are backed by the u.s it was created in baghdad where it attacked coalition forces after the u.s. invasion. they expanded into syria when it became a safe haven for al qaeda-linked groups.
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this is what the obama administration feared would happen if the u.s. intervened. now it's happening anyway. the u.s. government is offering a $10 million reward for any information on abu dua's whereabouts. he's also responsible for the wave of car bombings in iraq last week and for the prison break at abu ghraib in june that freed hundreds of al qaeda- linked militants. the u.s.-backed rebels tell us that they need heavier weapons and training to counter these al qaeda extremists, many of whom are veterans and skilled fighters. >> pelley: state department correspondent margaret brennan. an internet tycoon tells us what he thinks of the n.s.a. surveillance programs. america's newest millionaires tell us what they think of their good fortune. and a mother and child reunion is only a moment or two away. when the cbs evening news continues. continues.
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states, is being harbored by russia. the national security agency surveillance of american phone records has been controversial since snowden's revelations. charlie rose of cbs "this morning" wanted to know what tech-tycoon larry ellison thought of privacy in the age of the internet. ellison is ceo of oracle corporation, which makes a lot of the hardware that makes the internet work. his personal net worth is $43 billion, which forbes magazine says makes ellison the third richest american. charlie spoke with him in his home in california. >> reporter: where do you come down on what n.s.a. is doing? >> well, the great thing is we live in a democracy. if we don't like what n.s.a. is doing, we can just get rid of the government and put in a different government. i think (sighing) actually we've been collecting this information for so long -- long before n.s.a. was collecting it. let me tell you who is collecting it.
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american express, bank of... visa. all of your credit card data. all of your financial records. this whole issue of privacy is utterly fascinating to me. who has ever heard of this information being misused by the government? in what way? >> reporter: i hear you clearly. you're saying whatever the n.s.a. is doing is okay with me. >> it's great. it's essential. by the way president obama thinks it's essential. it's essential if we want to minimize the kind of strikes that we just had in boston. it's absolutely essential. >> reporter: at what point would be it be alarming for you in terms of government surveillance? at what point would your red line be crossed? >> if the government used it to do political targeting. if the democrats used it to go after republicans.
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da pelley: it was a rainy day today on martha's vineyard where president obama is vacationing. so he skipped golf and got some takeout food. >> hello, mr. president. how is it going? >> pelley: after greeting the locals outside nancy's restaurant, the president placed his order. mr. obama, who recently claimed his favorite food is broccoli, ordered shrimp, oysters, french fries and onion rings. give him a break. he's on vacation. in china, a businessman decided to build his own mountainside villa on roof top in the middle of beijing. have a look at this. it's as if a mediterranean estate complete with rocks, trees and bushes was dropped on to the top of a 26-story building. apparently it was built without any permits.
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country. next on kpix 5 weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take special & >> pelley: they call themselves ocean 16, and the group from ocean county new jersey is swimming in it tonight. money. they won a one-third share of the power ball jackpot. today they told their rags-to- riches tale and terrell brown was there. >> reporter: the coworkers at the ocean county maintenance garage have been playing the lottery together for years. on wednesday they gave lisa per suit a $6 apiece to buy 48 tickets. she looked up the winning numbers the next morning. >> i immediately just started shaking. i'm just staring at it. i didn't know what to do. so i got up.
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i walked down the hall. i opened up the bedroom door. and i had to wake my poor husband up. who was no longer poor. >> reporter: each worker's share comes to about $3.8 million after taxes. >> is anyone quitting their job? >> could be a possibility. >> reporter: this is willie seeley. >> i'm just going to continue watching nascar racing on sunday. maybe i'll be at my log cabin on multiple acres of land. >> reporter: all expect to keep their jobs except joe who was planning to retire last year. >> just a miracle and shocking. after 34 years and almost retiring last year, this happens and you just don't have another choice. >> reporter: the odds of winning power ball with one in 170 million. but what about the odds of winning a lottery created by your father? that's what happens to barbara jo riivald. her late father was the state se senator who wrote the law that created new jersey's lottery.
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>> i couldn't ask for a better dad. and i wish he was here to share in the moment >> reporter: six of the winners were victims of super storm sandy. the house darlene riccio rented with her daughter was destroyed. >> the first thing i'm going to do is buy me and my daughter a home and bring my dog back home. >> reporter: but first new jersey's newest millionaires went back to the garage. they had to finish their shifts. terrell brown, cbs news, tom's river, new jersey. >> pelley: and that's the end of our shift. so for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioned by media roup at wgbh
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it shouldn't be delayed: ths >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. our focus is on getting the bridge opened as soon as we can. >> just one day after the feds said it shouldn't be delayed, there is even more support tonight to open the new span of the bay bridge in just a few weeks. >> good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin. this is big news tonight. let's get right to linda yee on when we'll know for sure exactly when the new bay bridge will open to traffic. linda. >> reporter: well, allen, we'll know the exact date later this week but we do know that it could be as soon as labor day or shortly thereafter. whatever the case, engineering experts say get it open sooner rather than later because this new bridge even with its bolt problems is still safer than that old span we're still all driving over. it's a go. the new bridge will open to traffic before the permanent
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fix for the broken bolts is completed in december. and a labor day opening is still on the table but there is a lot to consider before a date is announced. >> opening a bridge, getting the construction completed, dealing with public notice are all significant logistical details that they're making sure they fix before they make an announcement. >> reporter: as kpix 5 revealed exclusively yesterday the federal highway administration already gave the go-ahead for an early opening, after temporary shims or three inch thick steel plates are placed in the bridge's bearings to keep the bridge from rocking in an earthquake. today independent engineer experts endorsed that temporary fix. >> the outside advice that we have received from fhwa and others as of this weekend all says the same thing which is from an engineering point of view, we feel as though this is what's necessary to get the bridge open from an engineering safety point of view. >> reporter: caltrans is waiting for word on


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